Joanne Martin

Professor Emerita, Organizational Behavior
Contact Info
The Fred H. Merrill Professor of Organizational Behavior, Emerita
Academic Area: 
Organizational Behavior

Research Statement

Joanne Martin is best known for her research on organizational culture. More recently her work has shifted to the study of gender in organizations. Recent projects focus on large-scale, cross-institutional efforts to improve gender equity, here and abroad; the process by which gender is socially constructed in organizational settings; and the subtle and often unintended ways organizational cultures place women at a disadvantage.


Joanne Martin is the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Organizational Behavior, Emerita, and, by courtesy, Sociology at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Martin received a PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard in 1977 and honorary doctorates from Copenhagen Business School in 2001 and the Vrej University in Amsterdam in 2005.

In addition to her work at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, Professor Martin has been elected to serve on: the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management; the Stanford University Advisory Board (reviewing all tenure appointments) at Stanford; the Board of Directors of C.P.P., Inc.; and the International Advisory Board of the International Center for Research in Organizational Discourse, Strategy, and Change, for the Universities of Melbourne, Sydney, London, and McGill.

Martin has received numerous awards, including the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Award from the American Psychological Association in 1988 (for a paper with Thomas Pettigrew on barriers to inclusion for African-Americans); the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management in 2000, the Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, for research-based contributions to society, in 2002; and the Distinguished Scholar Career Achievement Award from the National Academy of Management, Organization, and Management Theory Division in 2005.

Academic Degrees

  • Honorary Doctorate in Social Anthropology, Vreje University, Amsterdam, 2005
  • Honorary Doctorate in Economics and Business Administration, Copenhagen Business School, 2001
  • PhD in Social Psychology, Harvard University, 1977
  • BA, Smith College, 1968

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1977
  • Trust Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 2005-2006
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 2004–2005
  • Visiting Scholar, Copenhagen Business School, Spring 2004 and Spring 1998
  • Trust Faculty Fellow and James and Doris McNamara Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 1990-1991
  • Ruffin Fellow of Business Ethics, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, 1990
  • Visiting Scholar, Australian Graduate School of Management and Department of Psychology, Sydney University, 1989-1990

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Scholar Career Achievement Award, Academy of Management, 2005
  • JMI Distinguished Scholar Award, Western Academy of Management, 2003
  • Centennial Medal, Harvard Business School, 2002
  • Distinguished Educator Award, Academy of Management, 2000
  • Winner (with Thomas Pettigrew), Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize for Research, American Psychological Association, 1988
  • Promising Young Scholar Award, Western Academy of Management, 1982
  • Dissertation Award from American Psychological Association, Division 14, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1978
  • Lena Lake Forrest Research Fellowship from Business and Professional Women's Foundation, 1977
  • Sigma Xi Dissertation Award, The Scientific Research Society,1976


Journal Articles

Joanne Martin, Kathleen Knopoff, Christine Beckman. Administrative Science Quarterly. 1998, Vol. 43, Issue 2, Pages 429-469.


Joanne Martin Sage Publications, 2002.
Joanne Martin Oxford University Press, 1992.

Book Chapters

Joanne Martin. The Handbook of Organizational Studies, 2nd Edition. Sage Publications, 2006.
Joanne Martin. Classics of Organization Theory, 6th Edition. Cengage Learning, 2002.

Working Papers

Organizational Culture | PDF
Joanne Martin2004
Organizational Culture: Beyond Struggles for Intellectual Dominance | PDF
Joanne Martin, Peter J. Frost, Olivia A. O’Neill2004
Organizational Culture: Beyond Struggles for Intellectual Dominance | PDF
Joanne Martin, Peter J. Frost, Olivia A. O’Neill2004
The Academic Marathon: Managing the Academic Career | PDF
Shelley Taylor, Joanne Martin2002
Externally Espoused Values and the Legitimation of Financial Performance | PDF
Joanne Martin, Caren Siehl, Cathy Anterasian1988
Founders and the Elusiveness of a Cultural Legacy
Joanne Martin, Michael Boehm, Sim Sitkin1985
Measuring Organizational Culture
Joanne Martin, Caren Siehl1985
The Present-Minded Professor: Controlling One's Career | PDF
Shelley Taylor, Joanne Martin1985
Riding the Wave: The Culture Creation Process | PDF
Joanne Martin, Sim Sitkin, Michael Boehm1984
The Tolerance of Injustice
Joanne Martin1984
The Uniqueness Paradox in Organizational Stories | PDF
Joanne Martin, Martha Feldman, Mary Jo Hatch, Sim Sitkin1983
When Injustice Is Irrelevant: Relative Deprivation and Collective Action | PDF
Joanne Martin, Philip Brickman, Alan Murray1983
Distributive Injustice and Unfair Exchange
Joanne Martin, Alan Murray1981
Organizational Legends | PDF
Alan L. Wilkins, Joanne Martin1980
The Development of Knowledge Structures | PDF
Joanne Martin, Wendy Harrod, Caren Siehl1980
Organizational Legends | PDF
Alan L. Wilkins, Joanne Martin1979

Stanford Case Studies

Executive Women at Link.Com | OB33
Joanne Martin, Debra Meyerson1996

Service to the Profession

Board Membership

  • Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, 2000-2003

Advisory Board

  • International Centre for Research in Organizational Discourse, Strategy, and Change, Universities, 2000-present
  • International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women, 1998-present

Editorial Board

  • Gender, Work and Organization, 1998-present

Board of Directors

  • Consulting Psychologists Press, Inc. (Member, audit committee; compensation and evaluation committee, 1993-2003

Insights by Stanford Business

May 1, 2007
Financial pioneer Michelle Clayman says have the courage to make hard choices and change your mind when needed.

School News

January 1, 2007
To attendees at the WIM banquet, 2007 from Prof. Joanne Martin